This weekend we traveled to Dayton TN to pick up our new puppy. No GPS or smart phone internet nonsense for us – we are old school. A good map, combined with a compass, will always tell you where you are, help you get where you are going, and make it possible to come back home.
Every road between Horse Cave, KY and Dayton, TN looks like this – some more, some less, but just like this. Not to worry, though, with my command of the car, and Carmel as my navigator, we made it all the way there without much trouble.
We stayed at the Best Western in Dayton. Directly across the street was the Rhea County Jail and Justice Center. That was a surprise for us.
Not to worry, though, beside being armed, we’re prepared.
Where else you would you expect a breeder of Jack Russell dogs to live? This was the road we’d been looking for.
And this was the little girl we’d traveled here to pick up and take home with us. Ruthie Bea Stoneman.
Ruthie turned out to be a great traveler. No pee accidents, no crying, and no carsickness. Yea!
Once we got home, we were able to start our new lives and routine with Ruthie. And now the conversation between Carmel and me sounds like: “Hey! It’s my turn to cuddle with Ruthie!” “No way Jose! You had two turns already! Don’t think I hadn’t noticed. I’m taking my turn!” The very sort of thing you’d expect from two old people with a new dog.
So why did I put this on my 2nd Amendment Blog? And who are the other pups mentioned in the title?
You may recognize this boy. His name is Kyle. So what does he have to do with Jack Russell puppies? Just this: Jack Russell puppies are fearless. In fact, they often don’t recognize just how dangerous other dogs can be, they are born ready. It seems like Kyle was, too.
When he saw a situation in his community that was out of control, he decided to step in and start to fix things. He cleaned graffiti off of walls, and guarded the property of friends. He came prepared to help with a medical kit, and came prepared for trouble with a rifle.
He needed that rifle. Three criminals, one at a time tried to murder him, that night, but he responded with appropriate lethal force. Two of them paid for their assault with their lives, and the third was gravely wounded. Yet the assaults weren’t over. For the next year, the national media would assault his character and Democrat politicians would try to bury him in a prison for the rest of his life.
Gratefully, the same weekend that we picked up our pup, Kyle’s mom was able to get her pup back home safe and sound. And although the hope is that Kyle will be a little more cautious now, he probably won’t be. Ruthie Bea and every other Jack Russell pup, including Kyle, was born fearless, and while that’s a cause for concern, it’s also a cause for hope for our great Nation. We were founded and preserved by pups like Kyle. May God grant that we always will have pups like him around.
Ruthie Bea Stoneman